Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s consensus No. 1 overall recruit, has committed to Clemson. He had been recruited heavily by Alabama and Ole Miss, among others. Nkemdiche is a 6’5″ 270lb strong side defensive end. He’s described as shorter and slower than South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, but bigger and potentially able to play at tackle as well. Huge get for Dabo Swinney, obviously.
Nkemdiche is Clemson’s third 2013 commit from Grayson high school in Loganville, Georgia, along with defensive back/friend David Kamara and running back Wayne Gallman. The school’s head coach, Mickey Conn, was a college teammate of Swinney.
If Nkemdiche sticks he will be the first No. 1 overall recruit to land outside the SEC East since Terrelle Pryor in 2008 and the first to commit before January since Jimmy Clausen in 2007.